• Mission Statement

    SYCSD School Counseling Program Mission Statement 
    The Southern York County School District Counseling Program is an integral part of the learning environment. All stakeholders, including students, parents, educators/administrators, business & community partners, and post-secondary institutions, will collaborate to remove barriers to student learning. The program will provide all students with supportive opportunities to ensure they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their full academic, career, and social-emotional potential in order to become responsible and fulfilled citizens.

    ASCA Model School Counseling Program
    The American School Counselor Association (ASCA)  is the front runner in implementing a quality school counseling programming. Susquehannock High School’s School Counseling Department has adopted the National Model for School Counseling as our program foundation. The model serves as our guide as we deliver counseling services to all students at Susquehannock High School. By adopting the standards and incorporating the model into our building curriculum, we can better serve the student population by being accountable through a written, systematic, comprehensive program. 

    Role of the School Counselor 
    It is the responsibility of the School Counseling Department to provide a comprehensive school counseling program for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. School counselors act as leaders, advocates, collaborators, and agents of systemic change to assure that students have the best possible school services to enable them to take advantage of future post-secondary opportunities. As school leaders, counselors must work with students and all stakeholders to help fulfill the school district’s mission. Through counseling students and families on academics, careers, and personal/social needs, school counselors collaborate with teachers and staff to help students work to attain their goals. As student advocates, counselors help students learn how to find and to utilize the resources to achieve success. Gathering and analyzing data to assess what current needs should be addressed is a primary focus of the School Counseling Department.

    Leader - The school counselor as a leader effectively manages and implements a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. The leadership role of the school counselor covers the following areas:

    • Development, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive school counseling program for all students.
    • Uses data to identify and remove barriers to student learning.
    • Promotes student success by working to close existing achievement gaps among all students.
    • Serves on school-based leadership/school improvement teams related to the welfare of all students.
    • Serves on district level curriculum teams.
    • Supports the school as a safe and welcoming learning community.
    • Engages educational community stakeholders in helping the school with its academic mission.
    • Develops a system-wide advisory system to help all stakeholders understand and respond to the developmental needs of all students.
    • Uses data to promote and evaluate the school counseling program.
    • Modify the comprehensive K-12 Counseling Plan that follows PA’s Academic Standards for Career Education & Work.

    Advocate - School counselors advocate for students, for the counseling profession, and for change. They do so by removing barriers that prevent student learning and providing strategies for closing the equity achievement gaps among students. School counselors continually advocate for academic, career and social/personal success of every student. The counselor works to advocate for every student to:

    • Ensure access to and success in a rigorous academic curriculum.
    • Develop programs of counseling and advising that ensure every student has an ongoing connection with a caring adult.
    • Create opportunities to support student learning for all.
    • Ensure equitable access to educational and career exploration opportunities
    • Collaborate with others within and outside the school to help meet all student needs.
    • Serve as members of the academic intervention teams.
    • Provide support for student learning through behavior plans, academic support, and check ins and outs.
    • Ensure the academic, personal/social, and career development of all students.
    • Collaborate with others within and outside the school to help meet all student’s needs.
    • Participate in parent teacher conferences, IEP’s, 504’s, and other evaluative processes.
    • Participate in the Student Support Team, Grade Level Team Meetings, Pupil Services, Student Assistance Program (SAP), and SWEPBS.

    Collaborator - School counselors collaborate with all members of the school community and its stakeholders to create an environment that promotes student achievement and commitment to our school’s mission statement. Counselors as collaborators also:

    • Access professional development to enhance student’s success.
    • Offer information and programs to the community.
    • Serve actively on district committees.
    • Serve actively on school leadership teams.
    • Network and problem-solve with the goal of moving forward in a positive manner.
    • Provide a comprehensive school counseling program that engages the educational community to ensure that all students benefit from the program.
    • Offers parents/guardians information to enhance the educational opportunities for students and their families.
    • Share resources with all stakeholders.
    • Maintain an open communication style to foster an effective team culture and a sense of community for the school system.
    • Teams with staff to provide professional development that enhances student success.
    • Collaborates with numerous outside agencies to provide needed resources and services for the students depending on needs.

    Agent of Systemic Change - School counselors collaborate utilize data and observations to identify systemic barriers to student achievement and development within the academic, personal/social, and career domains. They work to remove these barriers that prevent all students from achieving to their full potential in all of the aforementioned domains. Counselors as agents of systemic change: 

    • Modify the comprehensive K-12 Counseling Plan that follows PA’s Academic Standards for Career Education & Work.
    • Connect the design, implementation, and management of the school counseling program to the mission of the school.
    • Gather data to support the need for change.
    • Identify and examine the critical data elements such as grades, test scores, attendance, promotion rates, special education enrollment, discipline, and referral data.
    • Narrow down which students are not succeeding by disaggregating the aforementioned data to discover populations with achievement gaps.
    • Educate others as to the counselor’s efforts to improve the data.
    • Publicize the results of the effective school counseling program
    • Partner in school improvement by conveying a willingness to be accountable for changing critical data elements.
    • Create pro-social programs directed by the school district’s counselors.
    • Identify realistic goals and creates action plans for students in collaboration with teachers and support team.
    • Develop intervention strategies through Positive Behavior Support Plans, 504’s, and Individualized Education Plans.
    • Enlist the support of stakeholders.
    • Consult with administration to bring about needed program changes.